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Down on the Farm

I can’t really say I have become a farmer.  That takes a special type of person, more acreage, and a lot more work.  All I have are a few acres, a barn, two horses, some pastures, and a garden.  However, even though a lot about my life still seems suburban, it’s also changed a lot too.  

One of my first observations of life in the country was how dark it was.  There are no streetlights nearby and only minimal lights from the neighbors.  It’s wonderful, but there is the occasional downside. One night, it was so dark, that I managed to walk into one of pasture fences.  But then, the magical part, I had forgotten what it was like to see the stars.  They aren’t quite the light show I remember at sea, or what you get out west, but for being so close to a metropolitan area the sky scape is amazing.  Now, with my telescope, I can actually see something.  

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The Passing of a Legacy

When I was growing up almost all of our Dads and indeed, some of our moms, were World War II veterans. Sure there were a few particularly young dads who missed the war, and a few more, who for various reasons didn’t serve in uniform, but without fail, the history and lore of the Second World War was a dominant part of the upbringing of my generation.

Whether it was stories from one of my Dad’s dear friends about flying B-17’s over Germany, or my father’s stories of the Pacific War, it was all a background to my growing up. And the same was true for millions of others in my generation.

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The world is full of entrepreneurs

The world is full of entrepreneurs. They operate on all levels, in all lines of work, and all over the globe. Though entrepreneurs may be hard to find in highly repressive countries like North Korea and Cuba, there are reports, that hidden deep in their society, they’re there. 

Entrepreneurs often find opportunity where others could never have imagined it. In Washington, D.C., there was a former janitor for a government agency who didn’t like the mop and bucket setup his employer had given him to work with. He had a better idea. And so, for several weeks, in his garage, he tinkered and invented a revolutionary design for mops used in institutional settings. He patented it and then he started making and selling 

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Is Virginia really a battleground state in 2012?

The Romney and Obama campaigns are treating Virginia like a battleground state. The Obama campaign has opened 18 field offices, at least one in the Fredericksburg region, and plans to open twice that many before Labor Day. Obama’s people have been recruiting, hiring and organizing for the past six months. 

Romney is a bit behind. While Obama had the first half of this year to organize, Romney 

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McDonnell not a shoo-in to run with Romney

Governor McDonnell has spent most of the last two years hoping that he would be Mitt Romney’s running mate.  And he has sat idly by when it comes to trying to make this wish a reality.  He worked hard to be elected Chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association.  This is a prominent role that made sure he has been quoted, tapped for morning talk shows, and of course, a welcome visitor at Republican fundraisers.  But throughout, he has been an enthusiastic Romney supporter, making speeches for the former Massachusetts Governor, and always trying to strike a Vice Presidential pose.

However, while McDonnell may think he is Vice Presidential timber, when the Romney campaign starts

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Could a “Silent Spring” be that far away?

In the course of a day we’re exposed to pesticides of all kinds. There is pesticide residue on most of the vegetables and fruits we buy and there are even minute traces of pesticide, depending on where you live, in the water supply. Often, while many modern pesticides break down over time, many don’t. Even DDT, which hasn’t been used in the U.S. in forty years, can still be found in trace amounts. For the most part though – and this is by no means a settled argument – humans aren’t seriously affected by low or trace amounts of pesticide. However, when it comes to smaller creatures, to include insects, fish, and amphibians, the evidence is mounting that even trace amounts can cause significant damage.

Bees, for me, are usually a nemesis. They seem to have a special sense when it comes to detecting when I am

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